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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
 
9. At St. Paul’s: April 20, 1917
 
By Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
 
 
NOT since Wren’s Dome has whispered with man’s prayer
  Have angels leaned to wonder out of Heaven
  At such uprush of intercession given,
Here where to-day one soul two nations share,
And with accord send up thro’ trembling air        5
  Their vows to strive as Honour ne’er has striven
  Till back to hell the Lords of hell are driven,
And Life and Peace again shall flourish fair.
 
This is the day of conscience high-enthroned,
  The day when East is West and West is East        10
    To strike for human Love and Freedom’s word
Against foul wrong that cannot be atoned;
  To-day is hope of brotherhood’s bond increased,
    And Christ, not Odin, is acclaimed the Lord.
 

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